"'Because the studies don't lie. Lots of violence affects kids' behavior.
Actually, the studies do lie, or are at the very least, misleading. Most
studies that purport to show a media-violence connection show only a
correlation, not cause and effect. In addition, the majority are conducted
in laboratories under artificial conditions, so they are not indicative of
how someone will behave in the real world. Also, the ways used to measure
'aggression' (which is not the same thing as violence) consist of actions
such as hitting dolls, popping balloons, recognizing aggressive words on a
computer screen, and giving someone a more difficult puzzle to solve. All
of these are radically different from violently, physically attacking
someone out of anger (as opposed to play-violence, which is in and of
itself harmless unless it is too rough). Finally, the studies suffer from
a phenomenon called demand characteristics, meaning that people
participating in the study will behave in a way to prove the researcher's
hypothesis correct, in order to be a 'good subje!
ct.' Thus someone entering a study on aggression will be predisposed to
act aggressively, skewing the results. The studies, therefore, have many
flaws that one cannot truly say they establish a connection to violence in
I recommend the books 'Killing Monsters: Why Children Need Fantasy,
Superheroes, and Make-Believe Violence' by Gerard Jones, and 'Grand Theft
Childhood' by Cheryl Olson. These books actually provide evidence that
media violence can benefit kids by providing a fantasy world where they
can feel strong and powerful, when that is not often possible in the real
world. This is an often-ignored benefit of action-filled media."
"It is time parents actually use discernment and act like parents. If you
want your children to make something of their lives, teach them the
classics not pond scum. Why would any parent want their children to reach
for scum when so much better is out there. I want MORE for my children,
"I think if small kds, that is ages between 0-4 years see cartoons like
Baby Einstein or Dora or Pbs kids or for that matter Mickey Mouse, is all
fine if viewed for an hour or so, as it makes them learn so many different
things which are necessary for their intellectual development. "
"Please write an article explaining the study: Bo Bo the Clown used in
Educational Psychology college classes for teachers. It explains how
parents speaking up define right from wrong. It explains that parents who
do not speak up are effectively, although passively, agreeing with what is
viewed and offers no resistance to urges to recreate the violence as a
coping mechanism or as fun. This is a class every one of my children will
take as an elective in college their first or second year. I recommend it
for every parent."
"I love Common Sense Media. They did a workshop at my child's school. It's
a great resource!"
"I agree that parents should limit the amount of violence, whether video
games, TV or movies, that their children watch. However, I do NOT believe
that watching violence is going to make someone go on a shooting spree. I
believe there is proof that the shooters in Columbine, Va Tech and the
other schools massacres were mentally and/or emotionally disturbed. In
most of those cases the parents, teachers, doctors and the system failed
to recognize and/or act upon clear signs of mental illness. Parents and
schools can provide stability and BALANCE in our fast paced and stressful
"are you stupid i kill lots of people in games and you dont see me going on
a wild killing spree. so think about that."
"I am dealing with this problem as of this week. child is in 7th grade, playing too much of new comp. game, war game. "
"This is completely wrong kids dont go out and see a movie where someone
kills someone and then does it themselves there not that stupid they dont
play a bad video game and then go do what they saw. this is half way
parents fault. they buy the games in which kids see the violence and
allow them to go to that movie with all the violence"
"The studies are bunk, the media in any study, was (and i can almost garantee this) was not consumed the way it was meant to be,all these studies have not improved at all, becuase they havent changed anything, of course a violent person would like to play a video game that has violence, but what is not proven is that the person youre testing on wasnt violenct in the first place."
" My son, a student at Va Tech; had friends massacred video game style at Va Tech- several shot in the face; all victims with at least 3 gunshot wounds. All beautiful young adults working hard to achieve their dreams and help the world. The gunmen's role models were Columbine killers and video games! Would you please encourage all school principals to send these facts re: TV and gaming violence and behavior to all Parents?!
Encourage the media to produce less violent and more socially moral shows depicting positive character traits! Please make these violent behavioral facts known via PSA's for TV, radio,etc Thank You for your concern!"